Category Archives: Laptops

Screen Brightness Control of HP Envy 15t-3000 on Windows 8

I put Windows 8 on my HP Envy 15 the day Microsoft released it, and for the most part I’ve been happy.  However the control over the brightness of the screen stopped working. I would tap the keys for the brightness control, and the indicator would appear as if it were adjusting the screen, but the screen brightness didn’t actually change. Continue reading Screen Brightness Control of HP Envy 15t-3000 on Windows 8

Dual Screen On The Road

I use a multi-monitor setup at home on my primary computer for all my Photoshop and Lightroom work.  I love it, and it’s true what they say: once you go multi, you never go back.

Multiple screens can spoil you so bad, in fact, that you’ll never again feel as productive on your laptop.  (Oh the curse of first-world problems, amiright?)

So how can I get a similar experience on the road, without lugging along a huge screen?  And in the process of solving this issue, can I perhaps improve the color accuracy so I can get some color work done, too?  Yes and yes. Continue reading Dual Screen On The Road

The Problem with Red on HP’s Envy 15

A great deal of thanks goes to the folks and participants at the Notebook Review Forums.  In particular, the HP Envy 15 (3XXX series) Owners’ Lounge thread.  This article is primarily a distillation of the 158+ pages written there about this and other issues, both good and bad.

There aren’t a lot of laptops with IPS screens in them, so when one comes along it’s pretty exciting.  Unfortunately the IPS panel in HP’s Envy 15 will leave more red in your face than it can display.  (You must get the “radiance” display upgrade to get the IPS screen.)

If IPS is a new term for you, it stands for In Plane Switching.  Not all flat-panel LCD screens are created equal.  There’s a wide variety of underlying technologies, all designed to solve a problem, and often that “problem” is cost.

IPS is the kind of LCD that gives you very wide viewing angles without color shifting.  It’s also associated with the best color quality and widest color gamuts.  It’s also expensive.  For some reason, laptop manufacturers don’t think we’re willing to pay for good screens.

Sadly on the HP Envy 15, in spite of having an IPS screen, it has an embarrassingly small color gamut.  Continue reading The Problem with Red on HP’s Envy 15

Lenovo w520 Review

The Lenovo w520.  It’s a very well constructed laptop that offers incredible performance when well-spec’d.

Lenovo bills this as a portable workstation for graphics professionals, and when looking at the list of features it certainly appears to fit the description.  It offers a wide-gamut screen, X-Rite Huey display profiler built right into the palm rest, integrated card reader.  Upon closer inspection, however, things start to fall apart.  First, the card reader only supports the smaller consumer-grade cards.  CF cards are not supported, which means it’s useless to most of us pro shooters.  The X-Rite product works fine, I have no complaints there, but the biggest problem?  The screen! Continue reading Lenovo w520 Review